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Hiking to the Patagonian Ice Cap

You can't leave the beauty of the Patagonian Ice Cap undiscovered! Join Jorge, AAGM certified mountain guide, in this wonderful hike.

Mountain RangeAndes
Duration8 days
Offer periodJan, Feb, Mar, Oct, Nov, Dec
Type of tripNot specified


Come hiking in the Patagonian Ice Cap! Our itinerary will go from El Chaltén to Paso del Viento, Circo de los Altares, Viedma Glacier and Paso del Huemul. Finally, we will return to El Chaltén.

We will meet in the base camp “El Relincho” or “El refugio”. Both camps are next to each other. There we can camp and prepare the last details before starting the hike.

The difficulty level of this trek is moderate. We will travel through forests, pastures, moraines and easy transit glaciers. The hike is 75 km long, divided in 7-8 days. Each day, we will be active 8-9 hours, combining walking and resting time. In fact, snowshoes, sleds and crampons are usually not necessary. However, I will confirm this right before the trip, depending on the ice.

I propose the following program, for 8 days, 7 nights + 1 day (in case of bad weather).

Departure from El Chaltén. Hike and camp in Lago Toro (or Río Túnel). Then ascent to Paso del Viento, camp in the area of Paso del Viento refuge (or in the refuge if available). The next day, hike from the South Icefield to the Circo de los Altares. Camp on the ice, building natural ice-snow protection. From here, there are magnificent views of Cerro Torre and Fitz Roy. Return to Paso del Viento refuge. Rest day (this may be adjusted depending on the weather). Return: hiking Paso del Huemul above Viedma glacier, with amazing views of the glacier. Camp near Lake Viedma and finally hike back to El Chaltén.

Do you want to experience this beautiful hike in the Patagonian Ice Cap, reaching stunning places? Then contact me for more information! Argentina is a beautiful and diverse country, I also guide my clients hiking along the Yatan river, in Córdoba.



Camping or in refuges.

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Equipment: 2-3 people light mountain tent, wind resistant, 1 heater per tent and 2 litres of fuel, 1 pocket knife per tent, personal set of camping kettles and crockery, 65+ litres backpack, canteen (the easiest is to use thick plastic bottles), sleeping bag (not very warm, temperatures don't fall below 0), light insulator, waterproof backpack cover, windbreaker with hood, fleece coat or similar, sweater, thermal shirt, thermal pants (not indispensable), warm pants, windbreaker or waterproof pants, warm gloves, wool hat, sun hat, 2-3 pairs thermal socks, mountain trekking shoes (goretex or similar), ski poles, snow glasses with lateral protection, sunscreen, personal medications, headlamp with spare batteries.

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El Chaltén



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